Truth Decay: Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism, By Douglas Groothuis
Truth Decay
  • Length: 303 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: May 01, 2000
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 2228
  • ISBN: 9780830822287

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  • A 2001 Christianity Today Award of Merit winner

The concept of truth as absolute, objective and universal has undergone serious deterioration in recent years. No longer is it a goal for all to pursue. Rather postmodernism sees truth as inseparable from culture, psychology, race and gender. Ultimately, truth is what we make it to be.

What factors have accelarated this decay of truth? Why are people willing to embrace such a devalued concept? How does this new view compare and contrast with a Christian understanding?

While postmodernism contains some truthful insights (despite its attempt to dethrone truth), Douglas Groothuis sees its basic tenets as intellectually flawed and hostile to Christian views. In this spirited presentation of a solid, biblical and logical perspective, Groothuis unveils how truth has come under attack and how it can be defended in the vital areas of theology, apologetics, ethics and the arts.

"Truth Decay explains how God's truth ignites our passion for Him in a world gone numb with endless distractions, infuses our lives with objective meaning in a chaotic and pointless culture, and benefits His people together in community. As such, Groothius' work will help pastors who are seeking to deliver God's truth in culturally relevant ways."

Stephen Scheperle, Enrichment, Fall 2008


Introduction: The Problem of Truth Integrity
1. Truth in Jeopardy
2. From Modernism to Postmodernism
3. The Biblical View of Truth
4. The Truth About Truth
5. The Postmodernist Challenge to Theology
6. Postmodernism Apologetics: Dangers to Avoid
7. Apologetics for Postmoderns
8. Ethics Without Reality, Postmodernist Style
9. Race, Gender Postmodernism
10. True Beauty: The Challenge to Postmodernism
11. The Fixed Point in a Postmodern World
Appendix: Television, Agent of Truth Decay
Index of Names
Index of Subjects


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Douglas Groothuis

Douglas Groothuis (PhD, University of Oregon) is professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including Christian Apologetics, Fire in the Streets, Philosophy in Seven Sentences, Truth Decay, and Walking Through Twilight. He has written for scholarly journals including Religious Studies, Sophia, Research in Philosophy and Technology, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and Philosophia Christi, as well as for numerous popular magazines.